These days, almost everything has gone online. Going to the movies has turned into Netflix dates, work and school are done remotely, and even people’s favorite games have gone virtual.
The same goes for poker. The three top online casino markets in the country have so far generated $1.5 billion in revenue throughout the first half of the year. However, despite being dominated by online gaming, there’s nothing quite like the experience of a real live poker game.
So, if you love poker but can’t get into the online experience, then perhaps it’s time to design a luxury poker room of your own. This way, you can host poker nights from the comfort of your own home without compromising the luxurious feel accompanied by playing this game of cards. And even as casinos start to accommodate more patrons, nothing says exclusive quite like a little private game that’s invite-only. So, here’s how to design a luxury home poker room:
Find a Truly Private Space
For the best experience, choose or build a room in your home that you can set up to be truly private. This means eliminating the chances that someone could walk in and interrupt. Having a dedicated space will also allow you to focus on the game without any distractions. If you have a spare guest room that isn’t being used or an annex with storage, then these are perfect spaces to turn into a luxury, custom poker room.
Be Particular with your Furnishings
Table and chairs are the essential parts of your poker room, so you must invest in the best ones that suit the size of your room and your playing styles. Serious poker enthusiasts will need tables with padded rails to provide cushioning for players as they lean on the table for hours on end during tense gaming sessions. Padded chairs are also a must if you want comfortable seating. For a more sophisticated touch, opt for leather seats with a vintage design. You can even choose to add a lounger if you have enough space so that guests who aren’t playing can sit down and enjoy a drink until the hand or game is over.
Have a Wide-Screen TV
A wide-screen TV is a must for a luxury games room. Aside from providing other types of entertainment between games, you can also tune into live poker tournaments. Your poker room can then double as a screening room where you can watch live poker tournaments from the professional circuit like the World Series of Poker (WSOP) currently taking place in Las Vegas.
A wide-screen TV in your games room is the perfect way to keep up to date with the latest tournament play while at the table. And even better for players who are waiting for the next game to start, as it will give them something to watch if they get eliminated early.
Include a bar
If you’re a truly committed poker player, then don’t hold back on building a bar in your room. It’s a quintessential part of the poker-playing experience to have a drink or two while you assess your opponent’s moves. You can also show off your hosting skills here by mixing up several cocktails for your guests. But it’s even better to have a professional barman for the night. After all, what’s more luxurious than playing a game of poker with free-flowing drinks to boot? You can even try out a poker drinking game, like Blind Man’s Bluff.
There are many other ways you can make a game of poker at home memorable. Whether it’s providing a set of personalized playing cards, installing mood lighting and sound systems, or simply glamming up the place with your style, your guests are sure to come back for more games!